This is the last day of our blog tour for David Brollier's "The 3rd Covenant". And I must say, we sure did have some fun. Do go back over the posts here if you want to refresh your memory :)
Thanks everyone for all the help you gave a first-timer - let's do it again sometime.
To finish off I'd like to list the places where you can buy the book:
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million
Direct from the author
... so go for it! I'm sure all these articles have more than whetted your appetite.
Grace Bridges signing out. Back to you David... see you round the blogosphere!
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Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
This is a live chat transcript from June 7th. Karina and Grace have done some editing. However, it is by no means perfect--merely readable.
Welcome to FabChat, where you can meet authors live and on-line. I'm Karina Fabian, your host. This is a moderated chat.
David Brollier is a retired corrections officer, a minister at Soar Like an Eagle Ministries, and a long-time writer. He’s been writing since the 70’s—poetry, editorials, songs and articles. He has an SF trilogy that he says “is not ready” and is working on a second mystery, but right now, his published work is The 3rd covenant.
In the 3rd Covenant, Nat Adams, a NYC homicide detective and Christian, and May K. Wish, a crime scene investigator and atheist, investigate a series of murders that lead to “the Bishop,” a nasty character with his own warped sense of Christianity and leader of a cult called “Third Covenant.”
As Adams and Wish close in on the killer, Nat’s wife becomes a pawn in the Bishop’s game and the stakes get even higher. Through it all, however, Nat’s faith pulls him through, and his example begins to work on May’s soul as well.
David’s next book continues the Adams/Wish adventures, but I’ll let David tell you more.
In the meantime, please welcome David Brollier, hereafter known as "sonburst".
David, tell us about your current Work In Progress.
To read more, please click over to Grace Bridges' Blog, as the chat transcript is quite long . but very informative. So don't miss it!
Posted by Christian Fiction Review at 3:04 PM
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Well, here we are again... as promised, here are some of the links to other blogs connected with this tour. Have fun! And don't forget to comment in as many places as you can...
At www.virtualbooktourdenet.blogspot.com, Karina Fabian has posted a great interview with David about the background for the story, among other things...
I re-posted a hilarious review written by Caprice Hokstad, you can find that at http://gracebridges.blogspot.com... if you are a Shoutlife member, you can also view it here...
Amy Berkowitz from the Times Herald Record published an interview with some interesting facts about the book.
Look out tomorrow for David's book trailer!
Posted by Christian Fiction Review at 10:45 AM
Monday, June 04, 2007
This is Grace Bridges standing in for David, because he didn't want to do his own blog tour... Sorry I'm a bit late, but I only volunteered yesterday :)
I'm going to begin by posting my own review, written a short time ago after I first read the book. Enjoy!
Yeah, I know. I’m a science fiction freak. But ever since I first heard David making a lot of noise about his murder mystery, I’ve been curious about his work.
Let me tell you, this is not like any other book I’ve ever read. Sure, there are familiar elements: murderers, cops, clues and motives. There is a lot of focus on the teamwork between detectives Nat Adams and May Wish, and their interactions as Christian and atheist. Nat’s childhood in Hong Kong plays a big role too, along with the relationships within the Chinese community in his neighbourhood. While Nat and May are caught up in red tape for seeking police support in other states, help comes from an unexpected angle, as does the actual solving of the serial murders.
But what endeared it to me was the intensity with which the story is told from inside the head of the main character. The effect is rather like a memoir written years after the event, when the narrator knows a bunch of extra information he didn’t have at the time it happened. This makes for a fascinating, twisting plot that sometimes seems to leap into the head of other characters – something they tell us writers we shouldn’t actually do. Information is supplied that the main character couldn’t possibly have known at that point. Sometimes it was a little disconcerting, but it helped me to imagine Nat as an old man retelling a tale from his exciting life, including things that other people have later told him about the events. Then all the inner dialogues and back stories began to make sense.
In any case, it’s a page turner. The plot is full of surprises and hidden tidbits of wisdom. Listen to Nat talking about God:
"He is the source of the light. It's evil that has come between us and that source of light that casts its shadow on the world. As long as we see a shadow we know there is a source of light. That's where we should be heading. That's where we should be looking."
I found that scene to be one of those literary feats where you read fiction and just know that there’s truth in there. And this is one of the themes that make this a cheerful, positive book, even though it’s about murder. Yes, great evil exists. But there is a greater good, and Nat knows it, even when things get really tough.
As a non-American, I found a lot of the abbreviations were highly cryptic. But a picture is painted of New York with sharp edges, bright colours, rich textures, and normal everyday people – so that it feels up close and personal, even though I don’t know the city myself.
It’s a colourful mix of cultures and locations, investigation techniques, and interactions between Christianity, ancient Chinese religions, a dangerous cult, atheists, and the undecided. These clashes show the depth of personality on all sides, as many characters respect the views of the others and take the time to listen to the opposite party. Other figures are bent on defeating opposing viewpoints, but of course, every mystery needs bad guys. Sharp bantering mingles with a vaguely “road-movie” feel at times. And it’s almost a certainty that you’ll be surprised when the real truth comes out.
These are all aspects that make this book well worth reading, even though the writer has apparently broken all the rules of point-of-view style. I guess some people really can get away with it…
Look out for tomorrow's post, where I'll point you to some other places this tour is running.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Since others are supposed to be doing this and not me--it's my book--I'm not going to say much about it. Here's the synopsis
A Catholic priest is murdered in Manhattan's Chinatown. Detective Nat Adams is put on the case. Also assigned to the case is CSI May K. Wish. Nat, a Christian, attempts to share his faith, and then struggles with it himself. May wants to concentrate on the case at hand, not talk about religion, which she holds to be more myth than truth. Together they work the two sides of the same case, investigative and forensics. Soon they find themselves facing off against a religious cult headed up by one very notorious ex-con. Bodies start to pile up and The Church of the Third Covenant leaves behind a bayonet as its calling card.
There's a nice book trailer on this site about the book. If it doesn't start properly, just reload the page (Caprice's trailer automatically starts, so you may have to pause that while you look at any of the others, but I recommend you looking at hers when you're done looking at another trailer. It's great).
For more about THE 3RD COVENANT go to http://freewebs.com/sonburst where you'll be able to read some of the reviews it has received.
Posted by Christian Fiction Review at 7:49 PM